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Mivey

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Is it me, or does the usual Steam Sale Server Snafu seem even worse than usual?

Can't see any deals, can't see my wishlist, can't even log into FFXIV (most likely unrelated but I do own the steam version of FFXIV).
Seems so, I just needed to wait half an hour to confirm some sales in the app, since it wouldn't let me login.
 

FunnyJay

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Is it me, or does the usual Steam Sale Server Snafu seem even worse than usual?

Can't see any deals, can't see my wishlist, can't even log into FFXIV (most likely unrelated but I do own the steam version of FFXIV).
Funny, I thought the servers were unusually stable when the sale just begun. People must have been hitting the servers hard a bit after the sale started instead.
 

Ascheroth

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Uta trilogy did not hit their historical low again, so that will unfortunately have to wait for another day.
Still a pretty good haul there, put Seventh Lair and The Sekimeiya on there instead.



More VN heavy then usually, but what can I say, the Deck demands sustenance.
Gaben's evil plan working as intended.

Edit: Oh noes, The Sekimeiya is Deck Unsupported - gonna have to give it a try, but if I can't get it working I'll probably refund and pick something else.
Edit edit: Actually it seems to work just fine ¯\(ツ)
 
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prudis

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some interesting quotes:

basically how the operation groups work:
Wingefors emphasised that, unlike some of the other industry giants aggressively scooping up key players in the space, Embracer Group operates differently. While Zynga, for example, is being integrated into new parent Take-Two Interactive, every Embracer-owned entity operates autonomously. THQ Nordic, Koch Media, Saber Interactive (and so on) conduct themselves as separate businesses. The ecosystem the CEO speaks of is the threads that tie these together and enable collaborations where those companies see fit.

The role of Embracer, he tells us, is to enable those businesses to focus on their own ambitions and support those where possible.

so they still dont know when they will put them ex-Edios folks
Naturally, Embracer is still in the process of signing and closing that deal, so the exact structure of Tomb Raider and the other former Square Enix IP and assets is yet to be decided. But Wingefors remains highly confident in the management at each of the three studios and says they will "operate with a great deal of autonomy."

How they plan with IPs
Wingefors observes that these are "very traditional IPs" -- after all, Tomb Raider, Thief and Legacy of Kain all debuted in the 1990s, with Deus Ex following in 2000. As such, the CEO says expectations of any financial return needs to be reasonable. He sees strong potential in the series' back catalogues, opening up the possibility of ports, remakes and remasters, and there are even opportunities for collaborations across the group. But what happens next inevitably comes down to the question of cost.

"Should we make something new? Should we do some licensing, or work for hire? If you have really strong AAA IPs in the group -- and I'm not necessarily talking about Tomb Raider in this case -- that makes that work easier," he says.
We will take good care of the people, the IPs, and if we set reasonable expectations, I think we will also be happy with the financial performance on this. Could you do things that are more lucrative in this industry? For sure. But that doesn't mean to me that you need to always maximise, and only do things that have the highest potential for the highest margins. If you do that, your business will become quite boring after some time."
The "no need for 10x over profit margins" and IP crossmedia plans

And obviously, when you have an IP such as Tomb Raider, you can look a lot at the historical outcomes. I run my business on absolute numbers, not to percentages. And if you invest whatever, not talking necessarily about Tomb Raider, but a big AAA -- let's say you're investing $150 million and you bring in $300 million, or $250 million. That might be okay. You don't have to do 10X over some period of time. And you can always work with platform holders, you can do collaborations, you can do some de-risking on the financing. Obviously with iconic IPs, you can bring that IP to other media and companies where you can have some more profits coming through."

Long term IP plans
Wingefors stresses that Embracer and its companies think "super long-term" about any IPs they acquire, before sharing more insight into the process. First, a company will begin with remastering work for titles that could benefit from it. These old games are then used to prove whether there is a market for more -- if fans cry out for a sequel, Embracer's businesses are listening.

The group is going through this process with a number of IPs. Wingefors describes THQ Nordic as "still in the remastering/remakes phase" but teases that the publisher will release "some amazing things over the coming years." But such products, he says, take a decade or more to build up to.
Problematic classic IPs
The problem with a few IPs is that the world has moved on," Wingefors says. "Expectations of sequels are quite enormous, and it could be game styles that are very expensive to make nowadays in the modern world. I don't want to highlight a specific IP, but we have some iconic IPs that are difficult to actually find a business case on, because if you do it properly, they cost at least $30 to $50 million to make. And you need to put a very good team on it. So, that makes the business case difficult sometimes."

"I'm not saying that it's for Thief," Wingefors adds. "But that is always something we need to consider. Thief is a fantastic IP. I know there's a huge fanbase for that, so I'm sure my team will look deeply into that, and there is a lot of love for that IP also coming with the transaction."
About pandemic:
"The pandemic found a lot of new players and audiences across the world that enjoy games, and find gaming very social and entertaining," he says. "I still believe there will be growth in the gaming industry this year, and even though a few KPIs showed weakness in the first quarter, there are some other KPIs showing better progress. So, I'm optimistic. I think the underlying market is very strong. PC gaming is greater than ever. I think there is a continued super demand for PlayStation 5, Xbox, and a strong demand for Nintendo, and people can't get enough of mobile gaming.
 

prudis

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ntroducing a major content update for the award winning indie game, Into the Breach, coming on July 19th, 2022!

---Into the Breach: Advanced Edition---


Nearly every aspect of the game will be expanded with new content, including:
- New mechs and weapons
- More enemies, more bosses, and more missions
- New Pilots and pilot skills
- More challenging difficulty mode
- 7 Additional languages
 

thekeats1999

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So it turns out that it was Steam causing my login issues with FF XIV. A couple of months back they decided to force a link between your S-E account and Steam account if you own it on Steam. No problems up until the launch of the Steam Sale and the servers fall over.

All I can think of is that it was the same person who decided to link Fortnites servers to EGS servers which prevents people from playing games whenever Fortnite has a major update.

Bloody idiot whoever it was that thought of it.
 

Yoshi

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Some great deals and historical lows. I'll keep updating this post to add more games.


On sale for the first time since 2019:

The best God of War game:

Bundles:
40 cents bundle (comes with 2 games):

If there's any other good deals, let me know and I'll add it to the list :)
 
Reason: Added Helldivers, Vermintide 1 & 2, Muse Dash, DJMAX Respect V, Lakeview Bundle, MORDHAU, HITMAN Collection, Spelunky 1 & 2
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Ascheroth

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Happy to report that from my quick 15 minute try, The Sekimeiya does appear to work just fine despite being "Unsupported".

The official reason given seems to be something like "doesn't run well on the Deck with any graphics settings" and while it's true that in-game fps seemingly fluctuate wildly according to the overlay, even reaching single digits, in practice it feels totally smooth, which is good enough for me. Not sure what's going on there.
 

RiyuExelica

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How does the sale game work?
Click to get a clue. find the fake game and you will get a new clue
Guitar Billionaire
Custard Castle Small Claims Court
Bass Ain't Bitin' 2022
Dead Seagull Zoo Magnate
Actually... Frankenstein's Monster Edition
It's Probably Fine
Help The King Get To The Toilet
The Consecration Of Esthme
Pro Poker Amateur
Hold In Your Farts
 

Gevin

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Click to get a clue. find the fake game and you will get a new clue
Guitar Billionaire
Custard Castle Small Claims Court
Bass Ain't Bitin' 2022
Dead Seagull Zoo Magnate
Actually... Frankenstein's Monster Edition
It's Probably Fine
Help The King Get To The Toilet
The Consecration Of Esthme
Pro Poker Amateur
Hold In Your Farts
Oh cool, unfortunately the store is still pretty slow for me and I can't get any category page to load any games
 

Kiru

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Click to get a clue. find the fake game and you will get a new clue
Guitar Billionaire
Custard Castle Small Claims Court
Bass Ain't Bitin' 2022
Dead Seagull Zoo Magnate
Actually... Frankenstein's Monster Edition
It's Probably Fine
Help The King Get To The Toilet
The Consecration Of Esthme
Pro Poker Amateur
Hold In Your Farts
I only get empty pages for now, meh...
 

Snakethesniper

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Happy to report that from my quick 15 minute try, The Sekimeiya does appear to work just fine despite being "Unsupported".

The official reason given seems to be something like "doesn't run well on the Deck with any graphics settings" and while it's true that in-game fps seemingly fluctuate wildly according to the overlay, even reaching single digits, in practice it feels totally smooth, which is good enough for me. Not sure what's going on there.
Didn't know about this VN, looked it up and seems promising, off in the cart it goes
 

Madventure

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Looks like the Remastered blade runner is hot garbage.

They also took down the old edition on GOG (Kind of)
you have to now buy the more expensive edition to get the what was cheaper edition, there's now subsequently a bunch of shitty bugs, errors, etc from the "remaster" and I know it literally just came out but lol ouch



So far all they're doing is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
 

Deku

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The easiest way to find these fake games is that you go through all the carousels and search for TH.4X. They can not be found when the game is not visible, so you have to click through the carousel and keep searching until you find the game

or go through all the sub categories and hope that the game is on the first page